Trump suggests he was trying to keep FBI director honest

Justin Greene
June 26, 2017

"Well I didn't tape him", the president said.

When the Fox News host gushed that Trump's tweet "was a smart way" to make sure Comey "stayed honest in those hearings", the president, pleased with himself, replied, "Well, it wasn't very stupid, I can tell you that".

Comey's memos prompted the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, to investigate possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russians who interfered in the election.

Without recordings, Mr Comey's version of his conversations with Mr Trump - which he documented at the time, shared with close associates and testified about to Congress - are likely to play a key role as prosecutors consider whether Mr Trump inappropriately pressured the lawman to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

In this game, the President implied that he possessed valuable evidence to support his own position and discredit and intimidate James Comey, the man who knew more than anyone about the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.

"If the president had no tapes, why did he suggest otherwise?"

She interviewed Trump and his wife, Melania, at the White House during Thursday night's congressional picnic.

This is a first for the Trump presidency: the first formal presidential retraction of a presidential untruth.

The heads-up comes a day after Trump revealed that he was bluffing last month when he suggested that he had recorded his conversations with Comey.

Fox News' Ainsley Earhardt also teed up Trump to complain about Mueller's team, which includes several lawyers who have given money to Democrats and one who represented the Clinton Foundation in a racketeering lawsuit brought by Larry Klayman, the Clinton-trolling head of Freedom Watch. He concluded with a tweet calling the investigation into Russian interference in the election and his campaign's possible involvement a "witch hunt", asking, "when does it end?"

Speculations were provoked when Trump sacked Comey, leading to controversies.

Over the course of several months, and prior to his Senate hearing, Comey privately told Trump he wasn't being investigated in the ongoing Russian Federation probe - something Comey was reluctant to say publicly.

Still, the president believes his initial May 12 tweet was not ill-advised.

Trump's motivation for the comments is unclear - maybe he's trying to sow seeds of doubt in Mueller's findings should they go badly for the administration, or maybe he's just repeating Fox and Friends talking points again.

President Donald Trump has questioned the neutrality of Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in last year's USA election.

"And I think that having Director Comey come out and admit under oath and testimony proves that the president was right", he continued. And you read all about it and I've been reading about it for the last couple of months about the seriousness and frightful situation with surveillance all over the place.

Comey credited the tweet with his decision to leak his detailed memos of his interactions with the president to a friend, who then gave the information to the New York Times for publication.

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